Environmental and H&S

Environmental

Aims and Objectives:

  • Ensuring compliance with current environmental legislative requirements.
  • Influencing specification and application processes to ensure environmentally effective selection of materials and working methods.
  • Recognising employee’s environmental awareness and concerns and integrating environmental management into our training.
  • Encouraging our sub-contractors, supply chain and clients into participating in the achievement of our environmental goals.
  • Prevent pollution.
  • Minimise waste.
  • Identify and manage environmental hazards and risks.
  • Influence choice of materials and working processes.
  • Provide a swift response to environmental incidents and emergencies.
  • Continuous improvement year upon year.

Paint-rite actively promotes the use of eco friendly paints.

Our commitment to the environment underpins our developmental goals and to achieve this we have set in place a company policy to drive this commitment.

We dispose of paint and solvents keeping in line with environmental and european guidelines.

Why should we use environmentally friendly & healthier paints?

For many years people worked with lead-based paints. Soon research brought to light its harmful effects. The paint industry found a new alternative in an acrylic form still used today. However this product still uses solvents which can be harmful and irritating to those that use it and those who are around it.

A report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) linked working with solvent-based paints with an increased risk of developing cancer. The IRAC said “exposure to solvent-based paints is carcinogenic (group1)” Scandinavian countries were aware of this and moved towards solvent-free based paints. In Denmark their paints are 90% water-based. Most of the ingredients used in synthetic paint are derived from crude oil or mined from minerals which are non renewable, and hence unsustainable. Synthetic paint manufacture is extremely wasteful, producing 10 times their own weight in toxic waste, i.e. for one tonne of paint, 10 tonnes of toxic waste is created.

Health & Safety

  • We carry out risk assessments and method statements for each project.
    This involves identifying the hazards that are likely to come across during the work time. As decorators we are very much concerned with site issues, which means scaffolding, hoist and ladder safety, hazardous substances, protective clothing, tool and machinery safety.
  • Health & Safety Policy Statement
  • Provide Health and Safety training

We provide constant health and safety training to our staff, especially for new employees and apprentices as part of the induction process. We also provide refresher training to workers who need it, especially if legislation or procedures change.